20-year old Tailor Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Tamale
A Tamale High Court s presided over by Mr. Justice Charles Gyamfi Danquah has sentenced Abdul-Halick Hamza; a 20 year old tailor to death by hanging for murder.
The convict caused the death of one Abdul Ganiu by hitting his head and hand twice with a plank of wood at Nyohini a suburb of Tamale on 14th July, 2013.
On the day of the incident, the deceased was walking to Charlotte fast food to buy at about 7pm. When the deceased and his friend got to the Nyohini runabout, they sighted a group of young men engaged in an unlawful group fight. The deceased, who recognized one of the combatants approached him and advised him to stop fighting as it was not in anyone’s interest to engage in fight.
The convict, who heard the deceased advising against the fight became enraged and reached for a plank of wood which he used to violently hit the head of the deceased causing multiple skull fractures.
He also hit the hand of the deceased with the wood and the deceased fell down unconscious. Realizing that he had fatally injured the deceased, the convict took to his heels but he was chased and subsequently apprehended and handed over to a police patrol team which was attracted to the scene.
The deceased was rushed to Tamale Teaching Hospital where he was admitted for treatment but he died on admission moments later. The convict was arrested and taken to Police station where he admitted the offence in his investigation Caution statement but during the trial the convict denied the offence.
At the end of the trial, a seven-member jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty.